Mobs are killing Muslims in India. Why is no one stopping them?

By Rana Ayyub | The Guardian

On 17 July the supreme court of India condemned the epidemic of mob lynching in India, and asked the Indian parliament to draft legislation that would stop people from taking the law into their own hands.

Within hours of the judgment, in the provincial state of Jharkhand, Swami Agnivesh, a spiritual leader and former minister known for promoting communal harmony in the country, was brutally attacked. The assailants were allegedly members of the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of the prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Most Indians see the 78-year-old Agnivesh as an elegant and soft-spoken seer in saffron robes, his head wrapped in a turban; yet on Tuesday afternoon, the Swami was kicked and punched by young men chanting “Jai shree Ram” (victory to Lord Ram) – his bare head on the ground, his turban flung at a distance as he pleaded with them to show mercy.